‘‘Conley, every day we wake up, man, and our span of playing football is less every day we wake up,” Moore told Conley.
That got Conley thinking, too.
“Every day we get older and our bodies ache,” Conley replied.
Moore simply told Conley not to take it for granted – it’s their last season as college football players. Moore plans to spend his last season at Georgia as a leader in the secondary. It’s a good time for Georgia, too. There isn’t a surplus of experience in that department.
The player starting alongside Moore at free safety is a redshirt freshman, and Aaron Davis is just one out of a handful of young players who need direction from college veterans like Moore.
Senior cornerback Damian Swann said he and Moore aren’t bothered by all the questions, though.
“That’s what we’re there for,” Swann said. “Some guys learn faster than others and a lot of guys need to be told more than once, and that just comes with being one of the older guys. It comes with the territory.”
While being a team leader isn’t a title that necessarily falls in your lap after four years on the team, Moore said it’s expected out of seniors. It’s more a case of doing it now and less talking about it.
“It’s like not more of a feel, but more that you have to do it because you are a senior,” Moore said. “Every day it’s something new that I’ve got to learn and that’s just being a leader on the field (and) off the field.”
Senior linebacker Amarlo Herrera is slated to start at the WILL linebacker spot when the Bulldogs kick off the 2014 season. He knows Moore all too well. He came to Georgia at the same time, but from College Park.
He and Moore spent their first years at Georgia in the shadows of Bulldog standouts, but it made them the players they are today.
“It’s been a long road. When you have great players and strong leaders before you, you don’t necessarily have to worry about those things,” Herrera said. “You just stay low-key and do what you have to do. But then when those guys leave, then you have to remember what they did and how they did things.”
Now Moore and Herrera are ‘those guys.’ Not just for freshmen, but everyone on the team.
“It’s good. We have a lot of respect around here,” Herrera said. “A lot of the seniors respect both of us a great deal so I believe it’s good.”
On the field last season Moore started seven of the 12 games he appeared in. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound safety finished his junior season with 35 tackles and one interception.
That secondary didn’t receive much praise last year due to inconsistency and bouts of subpar communication. Moore says that’s not an issue this year, though. First-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt doesn’t take those slip-ups lightly.
“We may have some here and there, but there’s not as much as there was last year because our biggest problem last year was communication and that’s definitely not a factor this year,” Moore said. “He chews you out if you don’t communicate.”
As a senior Moore has taken great pride in the work he and his teammates put in to prepare for teams like Clemson, South Carolina, etc. He’s past fielding questions about whether or not Georgia’s youthful secondary is ready or not.
“We busted our tails this summer and I don’t care who’s back there – I’m gonna have faith in my guys,” Moore said. “We’re all one team. It doesn’t matter who leaves (or) who gets hurt. We all have the same confidence in each other.”
Moore doesn’t seem to think he’ll have to worry about what the player next to him is doing. He’ll just focus on his job. He knows what he’s doing.
“We trust each other,” Moore said. “We already have in mind what we want from each other each and every down. Confidence-wise, that’s one thing that you don’t have to worry about us lacking in. It doesn’t matter who’s out there. It can be from a freshman on up to a senior. We have confidence in each and every one of us.”
Pruitt has a game plan for this defense, and Moore said Georgia is going to stick to it regardless of what happens in the first series of the Clemson game.
The Bulldogs’ matchup with Clemson is Moore’s last first game of his college football career, and it’s weighing on his mind.
“Every day we wake up our span of playing football gets less,” Moore said.